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ASIA ALLIANCE AGAINST TORTURE

Asia has high diversity on ethnicity, religion, and economic strata. These facts have been used by many authorities to compromised the violence for the one single order, despite maintaining the diversity. To this end, torture and other form of violence took place in many situations in Asia. The practice of torture has a long historical record. Many entities have been working to combat torture, such as survivor organizations, advocates, NGOs or even politician. However, none of them have been working specifically to combat torture in Asia region thoroughly.

Regardless campaign and legal challenges are raising widely; conscience is improving to minimize the practice of torture in Asia among the states. Many of them are abide or take parties to international standard which contained the prohibition of torture, such as International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Convention Against Torture, International Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and many more. Below is the list of the countries in Asia who
already ratified the Convention Against Torture.

The challenges are the implementation, either at the national level and at the international level to provide the report to the Committee Against Torture (CAT) as part of the ratification the CAT. At the national level, some of advocate, have indicated from their works that practice of torture deeply still took places with in the Asia countries. To this matter, since 2015, with the support of Open Society
Foundation, hold 3 rounds of discussions in Bali (Indonesia) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to discuss and checks the how torture happens and faced especially from the strategic litigation point of view. Torture is an issue that lacks public knowledge and needs to come

to the fore on the human rights agenda. This issue also needs to be socialized within the community so people are aware of its occurrence, the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of states in the face of this most heinous of human rights abuse.

In this context, solidarity is very important for and among victims, human rights defenders and the organizations they work for. Human rights defenders and the organizations are coming under significant pressure and work in dangerous and threatening environments. It is therefore important that support is provided in the form of having networks with others.

Upon the situation above, various NGOs from the Asia region initiated to build a coalition to combat torture specifically amongst the Asia countries. Asia Alliance Against Torture can have a positive impact on addressing thematic priorities of UN mechanisms, better leverage for UN advocacy level, also the fact finding mission and making a joint report would be very good for the network.

WHAT WE DO

Paper intervention to certain government on transitional justice process to protect and grant remedy to the torture victims.

Research of possible intervention or amicus curie, set up medical community service for torture cases in particular countries.

Facilitate any possibilities to apply Universal Jurisdiction (UJ).

Support for each country related with strategic litigation conducted by each country for instance amicus curie, set up medical community service for torture case

Exchange among human right defender to learn from their experience in dealing with strategic litigation on torture.

Monitoring the fact and remedy process of the anti torture cases in particular situation in Asia; Conducted by 3 members/persons from the Asia human rights group (one of them is from the local group in the field monitoring)

Follow up by the publication of the report to be submitted to the local authorities, to the UN Mechanism bodies and some other anti torture organization worldwide.

Join popular e-publication of the Asian Alliance of Anti Torture (A3T) contained by the cases and best practices in the strategic litigation processes; The publication will consist of brief of cases from different countries in Asia.

THE SITUATION OF TORTURE